Cancer-stricken worker puts Monsanto on trial

A US worker stricken with a life-threatening cancer he believes was caused by his use of the pesticide glyphosate is taking its manufacturer, Monsanto, to court. The case of Dewayne Johnson v Monsanto Co is now underway in a San Francisco, California federal court, two-and-a-half years after the lawsuit was filed. Johnson (above), a former … Continue reading Cancer-stricken worker puts Monsanto on trial

Regulators collude with or capitulate to the agrochemical lobby

Regulators in the the US and Europe have been accused in turn of colluding with or capitulating to the global agrochemical lobby as it seeks to keep a cancer-linked herbicide on the market. Global food and farming union IUF slammed a 15 March 2017 ruling by the European Chemicals Safety Agency (ECHA) that the toxic … Continue reading Regulators collude with or capitulate to the agrochemical lobby

Chemical industry emboldened by Trump’s new UN ambassador

The woman chosen by president Donald Trump and now confirmed as the US ambassador to the United Nations has launched a scathing attack on the international body which could embolden an industry lobby angry at the UN’s role in assessing chemical cancer risks. During her confirmation hearing , Nikki Haley said: “When we look at … Continue reading Chemical industry emboldened by Trump’s new UN ambassador

Global union IUF slams EC on chemicals retreat

Voting in the European Parliament, public opinion and credible, independent scientific research appear increasingly irrelevant to the European Commission (EC) when it comes to the protection of public health and the environment, the global farm and food union has charged. Peter Rossman, of the plough-to-plate union federation IUF, writing in Social Europe, noted: “An estimated … Continue reading Global union IUF slams EC on chemicals retreat

Roundup, WHO and the pesticide lobby

The food system must be ‘transformed’ to keep deadly pesticides out of the workplace and the food chain, the global farm and food union federation IUF has said. The union body was speaking out in the wake of a 20 March 2015 online report in the journal Lancet Oncology, which revealed the International Agency for … Continue reading Roundup, WHO and the pesticide lobby